dr watson I pressume!

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cazzyd

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I,ll tell you exactly what I did, and see if you can help! I clicked on "my computer" then clicked C drive... in there was programs my documents etc, then loads of files bearing the windows logo. files listed 0000 0001 0002 etc... i clicked on 0000 and up came a list, included in the list was dr watson. i clicked too see what this was , and immediatly all the files with windows logo, changed and now have a man looking through a magnifying glass, and not the windows logo as before, and now i cant open any of the files, just get this messgae, cannot open this file as it is not a dr watson file....???????????????????????????:confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused:
 

WhitPhil

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What exactly were these files called:
0000, 0001, etc
or
FILE0000, FILE0001, etc
or
DIR0000, DIR0001, etc.

And when you clicked (double clicked?) on one, and a list appeared, do you mean a list of files? The same as if you opened the folder My Documents???
 

TonyKlein

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What extension do these files have that you're trying to open?
 

cazzyd

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whitphil... yes they are file0000, and open as my documents do, like sheets of paper, curled at the corners, there are about 38 of them......
 

cazzyd

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i dont know what you mean by extension.... im not computer literate as you can probably guess, up until today, i diden,t even know how to cut and paste...lol.. thanx for that, i think that thingy you told me to install has done the trick though with the crashing problem, my system seems to be working much more efficiently than before... spyware was it called. still trying to locate the website... that the alien free theme came from...
 

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First, go to Windows Explorer, Tools > Folder Options > View Tab and UNselect "Hide File Extensions for Known File Types".

Then, if you view these files again, they will show as
FILE0000.chk, etc

The CHK is called the Extension for that file. (if you look at a word document, you will see a DOC extension)

CHK files are (can be) created when you run Scandisk for the following reason.

When a program is running that is in the process of either creating a new file, or updating an existing one, the changes are obviously being written to an area on your disk (cluster). BUT, that cluster does not get actually assigned to a particular file name until that program closes the file.
Windows keeps track of all clusters, as to whether or not they are in use, and if in use, which file they belong to.

When an application is terminated (ctl-alt-del), or it fails on an error or you reboot your PC while that program is running, the clusters continue to be "in use" and continue to be "not assigned".

When Scandisk runs, it finds these "lost clusters" and either creates CHK files or deletes them, depending on the option used when running Scandisk.

In general, delete the files. The only time you would want to attempt recovery, is in the event that the file being edited or created, was extremely important and needed to be recovered.
 
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